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More amateur spy photos of the upcoming 2011 Volkswagen Jetta have been captured and so far the reaction probably isn’t what VW is looking for. The dull looking compact car in the photos is believed to be the next Jetta model, that VW has code-named the NCS (for New Compact Sedan).
Along with less-than-impressive looks the new Jetta is believed to be less premium than before, but larger to meet with the demands of U.S. consumers. It has also been reported that the next Jetta (at least North American models) will use a less-sophisticated torsion beam rear suspension. The up-side to all this is a significantly lower cost, with rumors that it will start at $14,950 – significantly less than the $17,735 entry price for a current Jetta model.
We’re hoping Volkswagen still has some design changes in mind for the model to give it a bit more flare. Otherwise, it’s no surprise to us why VW just bought a majority stake in Italian design firm Italdesign Giugiaro.
GALLERY: 2011 VW Jetta Spy Photos
According to a well-connected forum member at VWVortex, Volkswagen‘s all-new Jetta model will finally be an affordable vehicle on U.S. soil, starting at just $14,950. By comparison, the least expensive current Jetta now starts at $17,735.
This new Jetta model has been designed with the U.S. market in mind and based on VW’s plan to attract U.S. customers, it should offer increased size and interior room. We’re worried that in order to achieve this lower cost, VW will have to cut corners, offering a less-premium interior. Still, with VW’s already high-quality trim, even a slight downgrade should leave it well placed in the market. Other cost-cutting measures include the use of a less-sophisticated torsion beam rear suspension for models sold in North America.
In the future, VW is expected to deliver more U.S.-targeted models including an all new mid-size sedan to replace the Passat. That model will be built in the U.S. to help reduce production costs.
According to the same VWVortex source, the German automaker looks to release official info and photos of the car in the next few weeks.
[Source: VWVortex via Autoblog]